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Adobe Lightroom (Mac)

Updated on: 03 August, 2021
Adobe Lightroom (Mac)
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Adobe Lightroom is usually the first application you find when searching for a photo editor. Up until recently, it was the only choice if you wanted a comprehensive set of editing tools, advanced support for RAW files, and integrated library management. However, competition from Capture One, Affinity Photo and Pixelmator Pro, have started to show the limitations and weaknesses in Lightroom. The one-off cost for Affinity Photo or Pixelmator Pro is also a lot more palettable than the recurring subscription charge for Adobe Lightroom. Many professional photographers will still be recommending Adobe Lightroom for years to come; however, for those where photography is only a hobby, cheaper and arguably better alternatives will tempt many users away from Adobe.


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Summary

Adobe Lightroom (Mac)

Adobe Lightroom has been the industry standard for photo editing for many years. It provides a comprehensive set of editing tools and has been expanded to the iPhone and iPad for mobile editing. There are numerous tutorials and books available to help both the complete beginner or the seasoned professional photographer. However, greatness comes at a cost, and the monthly subscription is unpopular, especially if photography is more a hobby than a career.

74.4%

Criteria

Editing Tools
90.0%
RAW Editing
88.0%
Asset Management
76.0%
Speed & Performance
74.0%
Cost
44.0%

  • The industry standard photo editing software.
  • Includes both an iPhone and iPad application.
  • Intuitive user interface with a relatively easy learning curve.
  • Tight integration with Adobe Photoshop for even more editing control.
  • Photo asset management is the best among tested photo editors.
  • Comprehensive RAW editing controls.
  • Expensive monthly subscription of USD 9.99.
  • Has become bloated with features over time and can sometimes feel sluggish.
  • No longer number 1. The competition has improved and in some cases, overtaken it.
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